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Stegner Center Green Bag: Finding Accord

November 17, 2015 @ 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Finding Accord

S.J. Quinney College of Law, Room 6613
Mountain Accord was established to make critical decisions and implement solutions to preserve the Central Wasatch and ensure its long term vitality. The Central Wasatch mountains are one of Utah’s most pristine and valuable natural resources. In the face of a rapidly growing population, those values could be at risk unless action is taken now.

This Stegner Center Green Bag will discuss the key issues Mountain Accord, and how resolution was reached in the first phase.  Hear first-hand from Carl Fisher of Save Our Canyons, Nathan Rafferty of Ski Utah (two organizations normally on opposite sides of the fence), and Laynee Jones, the woman tasked with facilitating and negotiating a compromise. Watch this event online »


Laynne picLaynee G. Jones,Program Manager, Mountain Accord
Laynee is the Program Manager for Mountain Accord, an unprecedented collaboration of more than 20 public and private organizations coming together to make critical decisions for the long-term future of the central Wasatch Mountains. These diverse groups include Salt Lake County, Park City, Ski Utah, Save Our Canyons, and Salt Lake City, among others. Laynee has 20 years of experience including environmental/NEPA, planning, transportation, and water quality. She graduated with a BS in civil engineering from Texas A&M in 1992 and moved to Park City, Utah in 1997 to realize her lifelong dream of living in the mountains. Laynee is drawn to complex projects that require building consensus among diverse interests to make difficult but important decisions. Her goal for Mountain Accor is to settle the future of the central Wasatch Mountains, leaving a legacy for future generations and preserving what we love about them.


carlfisherCarl Fisher, Executive Director of Save Our Canyons, grew up along the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. He enjoys spending time with friends and family mountain biking, climbing, hiking, fishing and backcountry snowboarding. In 2005, he graduated from the University of Utah with degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies. He began volunteering at Save Our Canyons in 2001 while working in the hospitality and tourism industries at the Hotel Monaco and Snowbird Ski Resort. He then joined Save Our Canyons’ staff in 2006. The Wasatch Mountains and their unmatched beauty and access to world-class recreational opportunities are the sole reason the Salt Lake Valley remains his home. He is married, has a daughter, two dogs and is passionate about protecting public lands, wildlife habitat, and our environment and likes to have fun!


nathanraffertyNathan Rafferty, President, Ski Utah
Nathan was named President & CEO of Ski Utah in October, 2005. Before changing roles within the organization, he served as Ski Utah’s director of communications for seven years, with previous experience at Park City Mountain Resort. His responsibilities include continuing to promote Utah’s 14 mountain resorts with a budget of approximately $3.5 million. As chair of the Utah Tourism Industry Association and vice-chair of the Utah Office of Tourism board of directors, he works on both promotion and legislative issues on a statewide level. A Utah native and Park City resident, Nathan has worked in various capacities in Utah’s ski industry, starting as an intern with Ski Utah the summer he graduated from the University of Arizona in 1994. In 2007, and again in 2012, he was named one of Utah’s “100 Most Influential People” by Utah Business Magazine and to their “40 Under 40” list in 2008.

1 hour of CLE.

For questions about this event contact Erin (801) 585-3440.

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November 17, 2015
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
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Wallace Stegner Center


S. J. Quinney College of Law
383 South University St
Salt Lake City, UT 84112 United States
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